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Matthew Nicoli Dangleben
Matthew Dangleben was born on the 14th of October, 1992, in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago. He started painting in his early teens while studying at Queen’s Royal College. His medium of choice is acrylics but he frequently incorporates mixed media in his paintings. Matthew describes art as: “The journeys beyond the depths of our imagination and that our mind and paintbrushes can take us there once we allow them.........”
He is greatly influenced by the local folk lore, history and fauna and foliage of Trinidad and Tobago. Matthew hopes to one day have an impact and influence in the arts as does his major influences such as LeRoy Clarke, Makemba Kunle and Nazim Baksh, to name a few.
After Queen’s Royal College, Matthew has since developed his techniques studies independently. He first started showing in 2014 when he participated in the three group exhibitions. “Escape to Reality” “The Coalition of Services Trinidad and Tobago Street Arts Festival and Exhibition”, “The Art Society of Trinidad and November Members Exhibition, Shaw Park Inaugural Exhibition,” and more recently Movie Town’s Fiesta Plaza Art, Wine and Cheese Festival. He believes that as an artist he was afforded with the opportunity to use our paint brushes to showcase the rich history and cultural diversity of our islands.
“My influence of Lady Soucouyant came from my child hood memories of my trips to Tobago to visit my aunt. As a child I was very terrified of the dark. Unfortunately, my aunt (now deceased) was a story teller and The Lady Soucouyant was a story she would frequently tell my cousins and I because we were very afraid and would go to bed early.”
“Likewise, Lady Soucouyant My influence of Tobago Harvest came from my child hood memories of my trips to Tobago to visit my aunt. She lived in Plymouth and around Harvest time she would have us prepare the house and yard for the festivities. Harvest is one of my greatest memories and so I incorporated the concept of a perfect harvest for me in this piece”